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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Viktor Stalberg will not be available to play against the Flames, having sustained a suspected concussion on an open-ice, neutral zone blow from defenseman Radko Gudas with 1:06 remaining in the second period. No penalty was called on the hit that was delivered with Stalberg being hawked and defenseless as he reached for the puck.
“That was probably the definition of a blindside, direct hit to the head,” (Marc) Staal told The Post. “The guy came from the side, [Stalberg] couldn’t see him and he made contact with his chin first.
“That’s what I saw.”...
Coach Alain Vigneault, who lost the first coach’s challenge in Rangers history when the officials did not reverse an incidental contact, no-goal call against Jarret Stoll at 11:45 of the second period that would have given his team a 3-2 lead, was not happy with the hit and no-call on Gudas.
“For me, the principal point of contact was the head,” Vigneault said. “We’ll see what the league says.”
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Watch the hit below....
from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post,
Signed by the Predators to a four-year, $12 million contract after winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013, Stalberg spent nearly as much of his second season with the Predators organization in the AHL (in Milwaukee) as the NHL, struggling with injuries and suffering through healthy scratches, seemingly unable to recapture the form of the 22-goal scorer from the 2011-12 season.
This offseason, Stalberg signed a one-year deal with the Rangers for $1.1 million, and saw the expectations he took to Tennessee stay there. For Alain Vigneault, the most disappointing season of Stalberg’s career may end up being the best thing to happen to his team.
Calling Stalberg one of the team’s most impressive players in training camp, the Rangers coach has been extremely pleased with the wing’s play in each of the five preseason games, saving particular praise for his determination.
“As a coach sometimes, and as an organization, you catch players at the right time,” Vigneault said following Tuesday’s practice. “And him, with what happened last year in Nashville, I’m catching him at a time where if he’s not hungry and he doesn’t play well, he’s not going to be very long in this league, so I think he knows that. He understands that and he’s come here to play.
“The player that I remember from Chicago is what I’m seeing now. For me, it’s not a surprise from that standpoint, but I figure he wasn’t playing the way he is now in Nashville, otherwise they would have kept him.”
from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.
After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, and the team being at the 23-player roster maximum, the move was necessary before the team heads out for its final three games before the holiday break.
via the Tennessean, Barry Trotz discusses why Stalberg is sitting...
Update: Cullen is a done deal:
from Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago,
Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg said Thursday he would likely play next season wherever he could get the most consistent playing time.
Stalberg will become an unrestricted free agent next week after spending the last three seasons with the Blackhawks.
Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists and averaged 14:07 of ice time in 47 regular-season games this season, but his role was diminished in the playoffs and he was a healthy scratch for four games. He had three assists and averaged 10:35 of ice time in 19 playoff games. He played less than 10 minutes in nine playoff games.
"I think over the last three years I've showed I deserve to play maybe more times than I got an opportunity to do here," Stalberg said at the United Center on Thursday. "I think that's just how it is. You're on one of the best teams, and you have some of the best players in the world in front of you. That's what it is.
from Szymon Szemberg of IIHF.com,
From U.S. college to the NHL and the World Championship – that’s a route not normally taken by European players. Chicago Blackhawks’ Swedish forward Viktor Stålberg is one of the very few. “For me college was getting the best from two worlds,” says Stålberg to IIHF.com.
The most successful European players who have become NHL and international stars have gone the traditional way of developing at home and taking the step to the NHL when ready. There are 31 Europeans in the NHL who have played 1,000 or more NHL games and only one of them (Slovakia’s Zdeno Chara) played in the Canadian junior leagues before going to the NHL. And Chara played all in all 49 games in the CHL.
Developing your skill at a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has never been a route of preference for Europeans and there are many reasons for it. One would be the very strict amateur rules. You don’t make a penny and before you enroll you may not play even one single exhibition game on European professional level without risking forfeiting your college eligibility. Many European talents are tested on their pro teams at 17 or 18.
And there are of course academic requirements. You need to handle the language English very well, you need to pass tests and once school starts you need to commit to studying, passing exams parallel to hockey.
continued which includes a Q & A with Stalberg...
As I have mentioned before, the only real shocking resigning to me this off season was that of Viktor Stalberg. I remember saying, “I wonder where Viktor will play next year.” immediately after the season. He basically added nothing to the team offensively (especially after the game where his shot hit the post, the crossbar, and other post -weird indeed- and did not go in) He also had a few mental errors down the stretch that costs us goals. Don’t get me wrong, when he first joined the Hawks, I thought with his speed, he was a great acquisition. One of the few pluses in the off season, salary cap dumping, post Cup, I thought.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
When Viktor Stalberg first started taking on the superstars of the NHL, it was an easy game.
He would fly down the wing or cut to the inside. Shoot high, shoot low and generally be a dominant force in every game he played.
And then he turned off the video game.
When the self-confessed gaming junkie — “I play ever(y) day,” he said Friday — tried that act on the ice against the best professionals in the world, suddenly it wasn’t so simple.
“There’s no question I was (intimidated) at first,” Stalberg said at the MasterCard Centre following the first two-goal game of his career the previous night. “Most of the guys I was playing against in video games for the last four years then you go out there and you are a little star struck. I was like ‘Wow, I’m playing against these guys and have to snap out of it.’ ”